David Roberts @drvox Seattleite transplanted from Tennessee; now blogging for vox.com/ about energy politics. Climate hawk, deficit dove. Not a doctor. Mar. 12, 2019 1 min read

There is nothing a ruling class wants LESS than meritocracy, just like there's nothing successful corporations want less than a free market. Once you're on top you want to stay on top, and nothing's more corrosive to comfortable incumbency than genuine, open competition.

That's why, social mythology to the contrary, there is no meritocracy and there are no free markets. They are just rhetorical tools used to argue against measures that might give challengers a fighting chance.

The very first thing any person, group, or institution does upon winning the lottery of success (and it's almost always a lottery) is start spinning tales about how their success is deserved & appropriate. It's a fundamental human impulse.


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